Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Formica (Laminate) Countertops

Often associated with Formica and other cheap countertops that became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, laminate countertops are made of layers of plastic that are bonded to particle board or kraft paper to create a strong, solid surface.

Laminate countertops are available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns, ranging from options that look like marble to others that reflect the look of stainless steel. The end result is a clean, finished surface that won't strain your budget.

Pros and cons of laminate

Pros

Ease of installation: Due to its lightweight nature, unlike heavy stone countertops, laminate can be easily installed without professional help.

Low cost: This, of course, adds to its profitable nature. Laminate will need to be replaced more often than more durable surfaces like marble or Corian, but with proper care it can last for many years.

Cons

Durability: Laminate countertops can be easily scratched, so don't use them as cutting boards. Also, avoid placing hot items directly on the counter to avoid damage. Clean the surface with a mild soap. Laminates are also susceptible to burning and chipping, which is a disadvantage.

Over time, laminate countertops can suffer delamination, especially from water damage. Delamination is difficult to repair and in most cases you will need to replace the entire countertop.